Traffic and Public Offense Codes

Uniform Public Offense Code

The Uniform Public Offense Code (UPOC) is published by the League of Kansas Municipalities. It's designed to provide a comprehensive public offense ordinance for Kansas cities. It doesn't take effect in a city until the governing body has passed and published an ordinance incorporating it by reference under the authority of and by the procedure prescribed by K.S.A. 12-3009 through 12-3012 and K.S.A. 12-3301 and 12-3302.

The Uniform Public Offense Code, in large part, parallels the state criminal code. Additional provisions for local regulations, if any, may be included in the incorporating ordinance. Previous ordinances relating to public offenses in conflict with provisions of the Uniform Public Offense Code and ordinances incorporating earlier editions of the Uniform Public Offense Code should be repealed by the incorporating ordinance.

The City of Merriam annually adopts the Uniform Public Offense Code. A copy of the latest code can be found here.


Standard Traffic Ordinance

The Standard Traffic Ordinance (STO) for Kansas Cities is published by the League of Kansas Municipalities. It's designed to provide a comprehensive traffic code for Kansas cities. It doesn't take effect in a city until the governing body has passed and published an ordinance incorporating it by reference under the authority of and by the procedure prescribed by K.S.A. 12-3009 through 12-3012 and K.S.A. 12-3301 and 12-3302.

The Standard Traffic Ordinance, in large part, parallels the state traffic act. Additional provisions for local regulations, if any, may be included in the incorporating ordinance. Previous ordinances relating to traffic in conflict with provisions of this standard traffic ordinance and ordinances incorporating earlier editions of the standard traffic ordinance should be repealed by the incorporating ordinance.

The City of Merriam annually adopts the Standard Traffic Ordinance. A copy of the latest ordinance can be found here.